It can be challenging choosing the best activities during your stay in our beautiful capital city, when there is just so many great ones to choose from. We have created a little guide to help you make the most of your time in Brisbane. Enjoy!
Have you ever wanted to hold a real life Koala? Here is your chance! At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located just a short, leisurely boat ride away from Brisbane City, you can experience over 70 species of infamous and native Australian wildlife up close. As its name suggests, the sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, which makes it the world’s largest koala sanctuary. But that’s not all, kangaroos, platypus, crocodiles, echidnas and many more animals also make an appearance. You can also feed the kangaroos and birds at the centre, making it an experience to remember for the whole family.
There are two cruise operators that can take you to the sanctuary from Brisbane. The Mirimar 2, departing at the Cultural Centre Pontoon at 10am, takes 75 minutes, while the Koala Express, also departing at the Cultural Centre Pontoon at 9am, 11am and 1pm, takes a mere 35 minutes. With so much to learn about our beautiful native wildlife, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is very popular, so make sure you pre book before going on your adventure!
Mount Tamborine is located southwest of Brisbane, about an hour’s drive. The area is famous for its natural beauty, captivating visitors with dense rainforest and sweeping views over the coast and Brisbane. Mount Tamborine is also very well known for its many wineries, producing some of the east coast’s best wines. Wineries include Mount Tamborine Winery, which was the first of its kind to grow grapes in this area, Witches Falls winery, who ranks in Australia’s top 4.9 percent of wineries and Heritage Wines and Mason Wines, which both have cellar doors on Mount Tamborine. To really enjoy your day at Mount Tamborine, we recommend hiring a dedicated driver, taking you from winery to winery, completely stress free. Popular operators offering tours include The Vino Bus, Mount Tamborine Wine Tasting Tours & Cork n Fork Winery Tours. You can even sip wine while going hunting for glow-worms in a cave at Cedar Creek Winery. If you have any spare time, definitely check out the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or go on a walk through the rainforest to explore the many waterfalls.
Part of only one of three bridge climbs in the world, the 74m high Story Bridge Climb is definitely one of the most unique ways to explore Brisbane. Conquer the city’s most famous landmark during the day, at dawn, dusk or even at night to experience breathtaking views of the city skyline, Glass House Mountains, Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim Mountains. It is up to you whether you would like to down climb or abseil and if you are feeling like getting your heart racing, Story Bridge Adventure Climb also offers ‘Walk the Plank’ and ‘Cantilever Lean Out’ activities. If you’re a guest of any of the Accor hotels, You can even get 10% discount off your experience by presenting your room key to the operator. Sweeping, 360⁰ views await!
City Hall, is one of Brisbane’s oldest buildings located right in the city centre where King George Square sits at its doorstep. Their historic clock tower tours are not to be missed and no Brisbane tour would be complete without it. The old clock tower has been in operation since 1930 and is 87 metres tall, with a viewing platform at 64 metres, and you can still hear it ring every 15 minutes in the city and beyond. Tours are available every day from 10.15am – 16.45pm, at 15 minutes intervals. While you need to pre-book this tour, it is free, making it another great, cost-effective way to explore the city. Traverse into the clock tower through one of the world’s oldest, golden steel elevators and let the magic begin!
If you find yourself in South Bank’s cultural forecourt, it is only a short stroll to Brisbane’s premier art district. With the Queensland Museum, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Queensland Art Gallery being only minutes’ walk from each other, you can make a day (tour) of it and explore all things art, culture & science in South Bank. On various days, you can also get a volunteer to show you around the exhibitions and give you an extra bit of information. All buildings are located riverside, which makes the stroll in between each of them even more enjoyable. You can also find the Children’s Art Centre at GOMA, as well as a dedicated children’s exhibition at the Queensland Museum to keep your little ones entertained.
There are many great ways to explore our river city and we hope these tours are providing a little insight into what you can do in Brisbane to get the most from your stay. Staying in South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural & recreational hub, lets you experience the best of both worlds, lush green parklands that are only a short walk away from the city centre. We have a range of great accommodation packages on offer from which you can create your perfect city-getaway!